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I want to go into research. I would like to know the differences in employability and salary between the NHS and the private sector and how difficult it is to get a permanent job.
You can go into other private sector jobs that involve research, drug development, heck you can go into most things with a Biomedical Science degree aslong as you have the right CV. It's a very generic degree nowadays, it's not even aimed at getting you to be a NHS Biomedical Scientist anymore, so if you want to go down a certain path you'll have to do something to get some bonus points on your CV outside of your studies. An example is if you want to work in pharmaceuticals, take a year in industry and go work for one for a year.
I see thank you very much for such a detailed answer answer. In the case of finding permanent work in a lab and salary, what are the chances with this degree. Given that I achieve a high degree at a prestigious university .
Want your registration? Well you've made the first wrong decision in your course. The best route is via a 'non-prestigious' University doing BSc Healthcare Science since it is the only course supported by the Department of Health and NHS to incorporate HCPC registration for a Biomedical Scientist. There's a reason why practically none of the Biomedical Scientist's within the NHS went to prestigious Universities and that's because non-prestigious Universities offered more practical courses than made them more employable.
IF, and this is a big if because most Universities have given up with this no that BSc Healthcare Science has come in, if you can get a year in industry in a pathology laboratory where they will put you through your registration portfolio then you will graduate after 4 years with registration (compared to graduating after 3 with registration on HCS). Most labs have an agreement with a University to take students but this has been mostly taken up by HCS students now.
In the likelihood that this is not an option. Your best route, and the route that a lot of people take who fall into the "Biomedical science course for a biomedical science career" trap, is to accept a Band 2 post in a pathology laboratory. Some will support you in then progressing with your portfolio for registration. Some won't, some will make you compete with other staff members for a trainee post to do your registration.
If, like some come back with, a Band 2 post is below you then I'm afraid you best start looking into other areas to use your degree. I know several people who had to spend time working as a Band 2 even after they had become a registered BMS. The NHS is one of those places where you have to get one foot in the door to stand much of a chance and it's why Band 2 posts are very competitive because many, many staff members from other NHS departments often apply for them.
I've been researching a bit and I've read that you can do a 3 year Bsc then start an NHS Healthcare training programme to become a clinical scientist. Would that be a good choice? It clearly is competitive and I believe that your degree and uni you graduate from may give you and advantage to apply for this.
If you want to do the STP to become a Clinical Scientist then that's completely different. The Biomedical Scientist and Clinical Scientist career paths are not linked. I have spoke to people who are on the panel for the STP and been told that despite people with PhD's and Master's applying, once a person meets the basic entry requirements their results are then ignored so no, your good University and good degree will not help much.
You're in the stereotypical pre-undergraduate mind frame of "I want to go to this University because it's ranked X" rather than "I want to go to this University because I will be in the best position to be employed in my chosen career."
As I said previously, there's a reason that all the senior biomedical scientists in the NHS went to the likes of University of Hull and Sheffield Hallam, they've been known to run practical courses and allowed their students to gain HCPC registration.